It's surely a sign of desperation when Darwinists have nothing more in their toolkit than oxygen to build complex body plans. All these new phyla, they think, really wanted to evolve. They just couldn't until all the microbes in the oceans brought the oxygen level up to regulations.
Take, for example, a group of Australian science reporters under the umbrella Science in Public. Their website lists as their goals, "We believe science should be: • Brought out of the lab, • Conducted in public, • Debated in public, • Criticised in public." So how did they do when discussing the Cambrian explosion, a huge problem for Darwinian evolution brought to public attention by Stephen Meyer's bestselling book, Darwin's Doubt? The headline is the tip-off: "Life stuck in slime for a billion years." The culprit: oxygen.
The first life developed in the ancient oceans around 3.6 billion years ago, but then nothing much happened. Life remained as little more than a layer of slime for a billion years. Suddenly, 550 million years ago, evolution burst back into action -- and here we are today. So what was the hold-up during those 'boring billion' years?
According to University of Tasmania geologist Professor Ross Large and his international team, the key was a lack of oxygen and nutrient elements, which placed evolution in a precarious position. "During that billion years, oxygen levels declined and the oceans were losing the ingredients needed for life to develop into more complex organisms." (Emphasis added.)
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